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Junior Coghlan
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Actor
    (March 15, 1916-September 7, 2009)
    Born in New Haven, Connecticut
    Frequently billed as Frank Coghlan Jr.
    Birth name was Francis Edward Coghlan Jr.
    Acted in 'The Skyrocket,' 'The Last of the Mohicans,' 'The Little Red Schoolhouse,' 'Rubber Tires,' 'Penrod and Sam,' 'Charlie Chan at the Race Track,' 'Men of Boys Town,' and 'Service de Luxe'
    Best known for the role of Billy Batson in the 'Adventures of Captain Marvel' serials (1941)
    He began his career at the age of 3.
    Cecil B. DeMille called him 'the perfect homeless waif.'
    He called his autobiography 'They Still Call me Junior!'
    He thought Junior was his real name until he filed to enlist in the Navy, at which point he discovered it was Francis.
    He failed his first 'talkie' audition after he cluelessly read the script like a newspaper.
    Many thought he was too old to be playing Shazam's boy counterpart, Billy Batson.
    His small role in 'Gone With the Wind,' as a collapsing Confederate soldier, was drastically cut down.
    This included the deletion of his line, 'Put me down, put me down, damn ya', I can walk!' (preceding Clark Gable's more famous use of the expletive).
    He made 125 films within a period of 10 years, but will only be remembered for his one-time stint as Captain Marvel's alter ego in a serial picture.
    He became a widower twice.
    He resembled Richard Beymer as a young man.
    He made several films with Billy Boyd.
    He escaped the fate of the 'Little Rascals Curse' shared by many other 'Our Gang' players .
    He was an early co-star of Shirley Temple's, and before she became a household name.
    He served 23 years as an aviator and officer in the U.S. Navy, from 1942 to 1965.
    He headed the Navy's motion picture cooperation program, acting as liaison between the Navy and the Hollywood studios.
    He became close with Jimmy Cagney and his family, after playing him as a child, in 'Public Enemy.'
    He wasn't bitter about being known primarily for his 'Shazam' fame, and frequently attended comic book conventions when invited.
    He criticized child actors like Dickie Moore and Mickey Rooney for complaining about their experiences and claiming 'they never had a childhood.'

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